Wednesday, January 7, 2015

They are many, but we are legion

They are many, and they cause pain and grief. But we can be legion. That's why I'm publishing the images below, and encourage you to do the same, no matter what you think of them, no matter how offensive you think they are. To care about visual communication, we need to care for freedom of expression first. If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. Ideas aren't respectable. People are. Bravo, imam, for supporting this cornerstone of open societies. And shame on you, publications like BBC news, who publish the video of the gunmen but censor the cartoons You offend us.


  1. Umm, BBC have posted at least some of the cartoons... Maybe the ire needs to be redirected?
    Freedom of speech is important - I agree there should be no special measures for special interest groups because there is no universal right to "not be offended". But having said that, surely a right to free speech doesn't confer an obligation on others to republish/broadcast what has been said...

  2. They have now. Yesterday, in the story in which the video was shown, the cartoons were nowhere to be seen.

    In this case, the cartoons are a very important part of the story. I won't write more about this. I will just refer to this, which matches my own view perfectly: